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What To Expect When You’re Expecting LionMail

The froshpeople seem to have gotten the hang of things already, but you old fogies who still use CubMail directly are in for a rude awakening. Over the last few weeks, CUIT has been shuffling your shit in preparation for the move to Columbia’s new Google-powered platform, LionMail, on July 31st. That’s tomorrow. To avoid adding one more headache to your weekday hangover, here’s what you need to know come morning:

  • As many of you who have already evolved beyond the troglodytic CubMail likely already noticed, Gmail users can no longer use their UNI as an alternate e-mail address.
  • In a similar vein, those of you sneaky enough to have created a personal Google account will have encountered the conflicting account alert some time in the last few weeks.
  • Any e-mails larger than 25MB were not transferred to LionMail. To move any such monolithic messages to LionMail, sort your CubMail inbox by message size and forward them to yourself tomorrow!
  • If you want to set up LionMail access on your mobile device or an external client, you’ll need a special device password (distinct from your UNI password). CUIT has prepared step-by-step instructions for configuring most popular mobile and e-mail client platforms.
  • Though LionMail will give you access to a university wide directory of UNIs, CubMail address book entries with multiple contacts will not be copied to your LionMail address book. To re-create them, copy the e-mail addresses into a text file and then paste them into a new contact group in LionMail.
  • LionMail comes with the incredibly powerful Google Calendar; check out CUIT’s introduction to the system, including how to import your New CourseWorks schedule (!!!)
  • Obviously undergraduates without prior access won’t be able to log-in until tomorrow, but the link for your bookmarks is the ever-straightforward and sign-in is with your UNI and UNI password. If you really want the user manual for first-time login, check out CUIT’s guide.
If you’re wondering what the big stinking deal with LionMail is compared to your exquisitely orchestrated system of filters and labels in Gmail, take a look at this hardly-convincing table. There is a similar table on the advantages of LionMail over the derelict CubMail, though you probably don’t need any convincing on that front.

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  • Anonymous says:


    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous rawwwwrrrr!!!! say it louder!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous are u Michael?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Forwarding to regular gmail or anywhere else works exactly the same as before.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous when will graduate students (and alumni) get this new lion mail?

    1. ........ says:

      @........ Hopefully never, if indeed it screws up forwarding in the ways that some have reported.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous what’s next?

    1. simba says:


  • hm says:

    @hm is this really a big deal? am i missing something? i plan on just continuing to forward my columbia mail to gmail…

  • CC'13 says:

    @CC'13 it’s not importing my courseworks schedule :( so sad

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous does this affect me at all if i forward my email address to gmail?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Anyone care to explain this: “As many of you who have already evolved beyond the troglodytic CubMail likely already noticed, Gmail users can no longer use their UNI as an alternate e-mail address.” ? Does this mean we cannot send as “” from our gmails?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Yeah I don’t understand that, either. I had to reset my alternate email address, but I can still send through my uni address from my gmail.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Why did you need to reset alternate email address? and how?

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I don’t get it either. I just checked and my forwarding and alternate address work no problem.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Yeah, e-mails to my cubmail have started to bounce back (I had been forwarding to gmail). How do I fix this?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous The URL for the LionMail vs CubMail comparison is


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous In light of Snoop Dogg renaming himself Snoop Lion:

    Can we call this Snoop LionMail?

  • a student of the arts says:

    @a student of the arts That font for logging in……my eyes! Whoever picked the font must be blind

  • Spanish Inquisition says:

    @Spanish Inquisition Nobody expects the Spani- …
    Oh. Sorry.
    Wrong thread.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You got it.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Do e-mails directed toward your uni@columbia address still get forwarded to a gmail account for those that have this?

    1. anon says:

      @anon Yeah ive had it for a few months with no issues

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